I was recently speaking with Amanda, who had experienced an accident involving a significant hit to the top of her head. Tests confirmed that there was no serious injury, such as fractures or bleeding. Although she was feeling better a week later, she was seeking physiotherapy to relieve the pain. Amanda was open to trying Logosynthesis to see if it helped to relieve the pain.
We found a quiet spot, grabbed a glass of water and explored the injury.
I asked Amanda to describe the thoughts related to the experience of the impact. She had recently recovered from an injury to her knee and now this!!! In the moment, she didn’t know how bad the injury was but she knew it was serious. She is very athletic and knows about the danger of concussions. She was angry, worried and scared. She pulled her hands over the crown of her head to describe how the pain exploded. As she spoke, she hunched her shoulders and ducked her head numerous times, as if re-experiencing the impact of the blow to the head.
I asked her to connect with what happened and rate the level of distress. We use the SUDS scale which rates distress on a scale of 0-10, with 0 being no distress and 10 being maximum distress. She rated the SUDS at a 7 to 8.
I asked her to connect with the sensory perceptions. The perception of the ‘sharp pain’ was most distressing.
I offered her the three sentences using this label. The pain diminished. The SUDS was now a 3-4.
I asked her to explore what was happening relating to the distress level of 3-4.
‘Well, I know I will have to live with it.’
I asked Amanda to elaborate. She has a sore shoulder from playing her sport. She says that she knows has to live with. I asked her how she knows this. She explains that she has had it for a long time and has tried a lot of things to make the pain go away but nothing has worked.
Although the initial pain was reduced, we had time to explore this further using another cycle of Logosynthesis. I asked Amanda to take a moment to get in touch with this injury … thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. I allow some time for her to experience the pain and then ask her to notice any sensory perceptions that arise.
She has an image of herself playing her sport.
I offer her a round of sentences using ‘this image of myself throwing’ as the label.
It doesn’t take long for her energy to shift. She feels relaxed and the pain is relieved.
After this cycle, she takes a bit of time to explore what she feels related to both her head and her shoulder.
‘It feels great!’
The two cycles of Logosynthesis took approximately 20 minutes.
I texted 3 days later to see how her head and arm were feeling. I got this reply:
‘Hey!! They actually feel really good!’